Wilkesboro's Tracy Adams leads BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman
Big fish helps him take 5-pound lead into second day
Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro leads the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman after Thursday's first round.
Adams caught the biggest bass of the first day, a 6-pound, 1-ounce linker, and he finished with a 5-fish limit that weighed 20 pounds, 13 ounces.
Alabama angler Kevin Hawk is a distant second with 15-7.
Two more North Carolina fishermen are in the top five: Pete Bejte of Charlotte is fourth with 12-8, and Alvin Shaw of State Road is tied for fifth with 12-7.
Adams caught the 6-1 bass and another 4-1/2-pounder sight-fishing for big female bass that are spawning.
On the co-angler side, Tom McDermott of Madison, N.C. is first with a 3-fish limit weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and Preston Harris of State Road is third with 6-13. McDermott fished out of the back of Adams’ boat on the first day.
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